Behavioral Symptoms of Stress: How Do They Affect You?

What are the behavioral symptoms of stress?

Behavioral Symptoms of Stress

Stress changes not only the level of cortisol in the body but also the behavioral patterns of a person. Most stressed people have massive changes in their daily habits.

Stress is a simplest type of psychological disorder. But if it is not managed or properly handled, it can cause several behavioral and psychological issues.

Aside from the psychological problems, stress can also trigger physical issues. The effects are mostly unnoticed. The symptoms are only noticed when stress is in its worse stage.

What are the behavioral symptoms of stress?

There are common indicators of stress. One of them is the change in appetite. A stressed person may experience a lack of appetite. He/she may or may not eat too much.

The second one is procrastination. Stressed people may procrastinate resulting in unfinished tasks and the inability to carry out responsibilities.

Finally, stress could trigger undesirable nervous behaviors such as nail biting and fidgeting. However, these behaviors are not present in all stressed individuals. Every person may have different responses to stress. But one thing is for sure. Stress affects the person’s cognitive processes, emotions, and behavioral patterns.

The common biological effects of stress on the body

Stress may cause physical changes in the body. It may include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Problems in getting sufficient sleep
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Physical fatigue
  • Pain or tension in the muscles of the body

The common emotional effects of stress

  • Feeling of restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of motivation or focus on previously enjoyable activities
  • Easily get overwhelmed
  • Easily get irritated or angry
  • Subtle sadness or depression

The common behavioral effects of stress

  • Lack of eating appetite
  • Inability to control anger
  • Withdrawal from social interactions
  • Excessive alcohol drinking
  • Cigarette smoking

If you experience some of these symptoms, it means that you are hit by stress. But the good news is that there are available ways you can use to handle this problem effectively.

Being able to manage the symptoms of stress can have a tremendous positive impact on your health. You can use the following stress management strategies:

  • Develop a habit of regular exercise
  • Practice simple yet helpful techniques such as meditation, tai chi, deep breathing
  • Cracking funny jokes
  • Communicate or socialize with loved ones and friends
  • Indulge in hobbies, listen to favorite music, or reading your favorite books

In general, there are two major ways to manage stress; the healthy and unhealthy coping strategies. Obviously, you don’t want to engage in the negative ones such as alcohol drinking, online gaming, and drug use.

Only use the healthy practices. Going and merging yourself with nature is another good and free way to lessen stress. Getting a massage can also be your best option.

In the extreme cases, however, it is highly recommended that you seek professional help. If you think that the symptoms already overwhelmed you, you need professional guidance. The doctor will help you pinpoint the possible causes of the symptoms and effectively give you appropriate intervention.

If you are a student, you can approach your school counselors or therapists. These people are trained to help stressed people like you.

Stress may cause more serious symptoms not included in this post. In some instances, stress caused shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, sweating, and chest pain. But these behavioral symptoms of stress could also signal more serious problems like a heart attack. Thus, if you feel some of these physical signs, consult your doctor immediately.

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I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.

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